14 Dec Does Driver Assist Technology Really Make You Safer?
There was a time when one of the most common reasons people went to AAA was to get maps. These days, of course, most of us rely on some kind of navigation system, whether it’s a function of our car’s computer or a GPS app on our smartphones. Every single one of us here at B&B Insurance in Lantana has a story to tell about what happened when the GPS failed. You probably have stories of your own. Some of the folks who can help you with your life, home, health or car insurance in Lake Worth make a point of checking a map online before setting out, so they’ll at least have a good idea where they’re going if the navigation system they’re using fails them.
You might be annoyed if GPS doesn’t deliver you to the front door of your destination, but you wouldn’t be totally surprised if it didn’t, right? But what about your backup camera or your tire pressure monitoring system?
It’s great to have a car that can sense if there’s a car in your blind spot or one that will warn you if you’re wandering out of your own lane – and you might be able to get a discount on your Florida auto insurance if your car is equipped with certain driver-assist safety technology – but what happens if it acts up or stops working all together?
According to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, if you are used to using advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) like adaptive cruise control that will adjust your speed if you get too close to the car in front of you and lane-keeping assist, you are almost twice as likely to engage in distracted driving while using those systems compared to the way you drove before you started relying on them.
“Advanced driver assistance technologies have a lot to offer in terms of comfort and safety, but they should never replace an attentive and engaged driver,” says Mark Jenkins, spokesman for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Remember, technology fails us daily while at work and at home. So, don’t get caught driving distracted when being focused on the road can save your life.”
AAA offers three simple steps for how to ACE your use of driver-assist technology:
- Always remain active and engaged when using ADAS technologies like lane-keep assist or adaptive cruise control.
- Commit to knowing what ADAS technologies are installed on your vehicle and how they work.
- Expect that the advanced driver assistance technologies in your vehicle have limitations.
You’ll also want to make sure you understand what your Florida auto insurance covers may also want to review your Florida auto insurance policy to make sure you’ll have adequate coverage if your technology fails you – or if a distracted driver relying too much on their ADAS causes an accident. Feel free to call B&B Insurance in Lake Worth Beach, FL, our auto insurance experts would be happy to speak with you.